Houston Beats Texas Blue Chips, 102-75

Nov. 18, 2002

Final Stats

Houston, Texas - Sophomore guard Andre Owens scored 20 points and handed out a career-high 11 assists to lead the University of Houston men's basketball team to a 102-75 victory over the Texas Blue Chips in Hofheinz Pavilion on Monday, November 18.

Owens hit eight of his 13 field goal attempts, including four of six from behind the three-point line, en route to his 20 points.

He began the game looking for his teammates as he scored just eight points and handed out five of his 11 assists in the first half.

"They were running at me early in the game and trying to force me to make quick decisions," Owens said. "I decided to try and get my teammates involved instead of looking for my shot."

The strategy paid off as Julius Keys came off the bench to score a career-high 10 points and Jeremee McGuire added eight points and nine rebounds to lead Houston to a 47-39 halftime lead.

Houston also opened the game making eight of the 15 three-point attempts in the opening period.

In the second half, Owens scored 12 points and handed out six assists. McGuire finished the game with 17 points and career-high 14 rebounds, while Louis Truscott added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars.

Houston will open the regular season with a home game against Prairie View A&M on Saturday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Hofheinz Pavilion. It will be a special game for head coach Ray McCallum and his players because Prairie View A&M's head coach Jerry Francis served as an assistant coach at Houston during the past two seasons. He also was McCallum's assistant coach at Ball State for three years before being named Prairie View A&M's head coach last spring.

"Jerry knows that I am happy that he has the opportunity to be a head coach and that I wish him nothing but the best of luck except for Saturday night," McCallum said. "He knows our players and what I like to do as a head coach. I am sure that he will have his team prepared very well."



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